Review of illegal killing of birds in Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran

 

BirdLife International is currently leading a Review of illegal killing and taking of birds in Europe, the Arabian Peninsula, Iraq and Iran, jointly with OSME in the Middle East region.

This project extends the geographic scope of our previous review of the illegal killing and taking of birds in the Mediterranean region  which has proven a useful information source for the CMS intergovernmental Task Force set up to tackle the issue (see scientific paper, layman’s report and full report, all used as information documents at the 1st meeting of the CMS intergovernmental Task Force).

One of the key objectives of this initiative is to compile national level information on the worst locations for illegal killing, the practices used and numbers of individuals per species illegally killed/taken. In order to achieve this, BirdLife Partners, OSME members and other experts have compiled relevant data on illegal killing and taking of birds in their country in a national template.

  • For most of the countries, these national data were available for peer-review from mid-January to the end of February 2017 (from early March to early April for Germany and UK) to ensure they were as accurate as possible and integrate all relevant sources of information. Feedback received are currently used by BirdLife Partners, OSME members and other data compilers to revise the data, and these revised datasets will be used in our analysis to present a regional overview of illegal killing and taking of birds.
  • For Iran and Saudi Arabia, there will be a second phase of this open peer-review later this spring, as we are currently working with both Iranian and Saudi governments on data collection.

For more information about this project, please contact Anne-Laure Brochet (anne-laure.brochet@birdlife.org).

 

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